We are finishing up our series on the kitchens of the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 of this series so you are all caught up on the kitchens of Flower and Garden.
We’re starting out this post with La Isla Fresca. There are some great springy, light and refreshing options at this booth and we are going to cover then all. This is a kitchen with tropical and caribbean flair and is home to one of the top things I am excited to try, the dessert option at this kitcken, the tropical mousse cake! Layers of passion fruit with coconut mousse, a tropical fruit glaze and also fresh pineapple.
The other dish I am excited to try is the sugar cane shrimp skewer that is served with steamed rice and coconut lime sauce. Another exciting dish here is the Jamaican-braised beef with pigeon pea rice and micro cilantro. Be sure to check out the beverage options at this kitchen too! There is a mango wheat ale and a tropical freeze drink that can be ordered in a non-alcohol version or with rum.
The Smokehouse BBQ and Brews is our next stop. So much BBQ deliciousness is happening here. From the pulled pig slider, to the two burnt ends options and a warm chocolate cake. The two burnt end dishes are a burnt ends and pork belly slider with garlic sausage, chorizo, white cheddar fondue and a house made pickle. That’s a lot of meat!
The other option is a burnt end hash served with white cheddar fondue and pickled jalapenos. There is a warm chocolate cake served with a salted caramel bourbon sauce. If you remember back to Food and Wine Festival and the Ireland Kitchen, there was a warm chocolate pudding with an Irish cream liquor custard and it was one of the most popular dishes for many at the festival. I think this could be Flower and Garden’s version of that dish and I’m excited. Be sure to check out the beverage options at this kitchen as well. There is a mango wheat ale and something called a tropical freeze that comes with rum or without.
Headed to the Hanami kitchen next. A fruity, dessert sushi is the star of this kitchen. With pineapple, strawberry and melon, rolled in coconut scented rice and served with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. To go with that, try out the ginger beef yaki udon. Beef, noodles and onions grill tossed and served up with soy sauce and ginger. Be sure to check out the saki options as well to wash it all down.
Keeping it on the wild side, we’re headed to Taste of Marrakesh. Just get all of the food here, and live with no regrets. There is a harissa chicken kabob served with a dried fruit couscous salad. What is harissa you ask? A staple in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, it is a paste made from a variety of chili peppers. Next up is, in my opinion, a unique and odd dish, but I still want to try it. Fried cauliflower with capers (yum, love capers), garlic, parsley and chili ranch sauce. Then, top it off with baklava and the dessert rose drink; sparkling wine topped with pomegranate liquor.
Our last booth for this final part of our series is the Florida Fresh kitchen. This is probably the best booth in terms of beverages but the food looks great as well. Let’s start with beverages. Top choice for me is, of course, no shock here, the Florida Orange Groves Winery, sparkling key lime wine…but you already knew that. There are also come great beer choices here including a key lime wheat. Last but not least, a watermelon cucumber slushy that be purchased as is or you can add gin.
In terms of food, I will be going for the spicy blackened shrimp and stone-ground cheddar cheese grits that is served with brown gravy and a sweet corn relish. I will also want to try the key lime tart (duh) with toasted meringue.
Things to remember. The 2018 Flower and Garden Festival runs from February 28 until May 28 and is not an extra ticketed event which means that you can get into the event with a regular park ticket.
That’s it for this post! Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed this final installment covering all of the kitchens of the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival. Be sure to check out the entire series and head over to YouTube to watch our new vlogs at For Love of The Mouse. I would love to know your thoughts on our posts and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.